Mind and Media: Sydney Blum and Alex Livingston at Studio 21

Deer by Calm Water, by Alex Livingston, archival pigment ink print, 47 ” x 65.5,” at Studio 21 Fine Art, 5431 Doyle St., Halifax. Alex Livingston’s new digital paintings of deer in landscapes play with the mind. What is real and what isn’t? These beautiful, pastoral images created solely on a computer refer to traditional […]

The Color Purple, fabulous tower of song and talent than enriches the soul

Samantha Walkes as Nettie and Tara Jackson as Celie in Neptune Theatre’s production of The Color Purple,  on to June 2 (and selling fast). Stoo Metz. Neptune Theatre’s The Color Purple is a fantastic production that starts with a storm of music and emotion and never lets up. The characters are so engaging that the […]

Colour pops in Rosengarten’s plein air paintings at Gallery 1919

Violet Rosengarten exhibits her plein air, mixed media paintings at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen, 6025 Stanley St., Halifax, including Orange Dahlia on Blue (above).  It’s no secret that Dartmouth-based artist Violet Rosengarten loves colour. She is wearing a fuchsia sweater and a delicate scarf of pale pinks and oranges – colours that are echoed in her […]

Wendy Lill’s The Fighting Days lands at home with Dartmouth Players

Sarah Crowell stars as suffragist Francis Beynon and Joey Yazer as her editor George McNair in  The Fighting Days, on stage to April 13 at the Sawmill Playhouse, Dartmouth. (Bruce Goodick)   The comical tag-team announcing The Fighting Days proudly tells people they are about to see a Canadian story by a writer who is […]

Hit N.S. comedic mystery lands with finesse at Bedford Players

Alex Smith, Trina Corkum and Elaine Melanson in Habit of Murder. (Bruce Goodick) The Bedford Players’ production of Joanne Miller’s comedic mystery Habit of Murder is a great chance to see this popular show. Habit of Murder was first commissioned from the Halifax author and staged by the Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro as part […]

Fox: Not Your Average Volpone

Stepheny Hunter as Corbacci in The Villain’s Theatre’s Fox, running today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a closing matinee Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie University. Tickets are online (http://villainstheatre.com/). (Stoo Metz) The Villain’s Theatre presents a visually extreme, bedazzled, intense, new twist on Ben Jonson’s Volpone in a 70-minute drama […]

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells): compelling, complex theatre of consent

Celia Koughan as Laura in the Neptune studio theatre production of Toronto playwright Rose Napoli’s Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), on stage to Feb. 24. (Stoo Metz) Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) — a 90-minute rocket of a drama about an affair between a teacher and a student — is compelling, complex and thought-provoking theatre. […]

Joyride just as thrilling as 25 years ago

Kya Mosey and Taylor Olson in Matchstick Theatre’s production of Michael Melski’s Joyride today, 2 and 8 p.m., Neptune studio theatre. (Samm Fisher) Cape Breton playwright Michael Melski’s short, explosive Joyride is as powerful today as it was 25 years ago. Matchstick Theatre gives the tightly-structured, suspenseful play its hard-core strength as well as all […]